Irina Mitrea

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Irina Mitrea
Nationality American
Alma mater University of Bucharest,
University of Minnesota
Awards Ruth I. Michler Memorial Prize
Scientific career
Fields Mathematics
Institutions University of Virginia,
Worcester Polytechnic Institute,
Temple University
Doctoral advisor Carlos Kenig,
Mikhail Safonov

Irina Mitrea is a Romanian-American mathematician who works as a professor of mathematics at Temple University.[1] She is known for her research on partial differential equations as well as for promoting mathematics to schoolgirls.[2][3]

Education and career

Mitrea earned a master's degree from the University of Bucharest in 1993,[4] and completed her doctorate in 2000 at the University of Minnesota under the supervision of Carlos Kenig and Mikhail Safonov.[5] After temporary positions at the Institute for Advanced Study and Cornell University, she joined the faculty of the University of Virginia in 2004, and earned tenure there in 2007.[4] She also taught at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute before moving to Temple.[6] She is the founder of the Girls and Mathematics Program at Temple University, a week-long summer camp in mathematics for middle-school girls.[3]


In 2008, Mitrea won the Ruth I. Michler Memorial Prize of the Association for Women in Mathematics.[4] In 2014, she was elected as a fellow of the American Mathematical Society "for contributions to partial differential equations and related fields as well as outreach to women and under-represented minorities at all educational levels."[2] She is part of the 2019 class of fellows of the Association for Women in Mathematics.[7]


  1. ^ Faculty directory: Professors, Temple U. Mathematics, retrieved 2015-01-18.
  2. ^ a b List of Fellows of the American Mathematical Society, retrieved 2015-01-18.
  3. ^ a b Sasko, Claire (August 26, 2014), "For summer math camp, no boys allowed: Mathematics professor Irina Mitrea runs a summer-camp for girls only", The Temple News.
  4. ^ a b c Irina Mitrea wins Ruth I. Michler Memorial Prize (PDF), Association for Women in Mathematics, March 28, 2008. Also printed in MAA Focus 28(5), May/June 2008, Mathematical Association of America, p. 5.
  5. ^ Irina Mitrea at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  6. ^ Patel, Prachi (November 30, 2009), "Math Quiz: Why Do Men Predominate? It's culture, not biology", IEEE Spectrum, Irina Mitrea, a math professor at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, in Massachusetts, who finished high school in Romania, says she never felt discouraged there: 'In fact, being good at math made you popular.'
  7. ^ 2019 Class of AWM Fellows, Association for Women in Mathematics, retrieved 2018-10-07

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